April 2015

Trial of Angolan ‘Blood Diamonds’ journalist delayed

Rafael Marques de Morais, who wrote a book detailing abuses in the diamond fields of Angola, will not return to court until mid-May, if at all.Luanda--The trial of Angolan investigative journalist Raf... read more..

Shreve & Co. to move from storied SF location

After 109 years in the same building, skyrocketing rents in San Francisco are forcing the retailer to relocate, though it’s moving to a larger space that will allow it to expand and remodel. San ... read more..

Pac Team Group names new CFO

The luxury display, packaging and fixture company has appointed fashion industry veteran Dieter Pasewaldt as its worldwide chief financial officer. Lausanne, Switzerland--Luxury display, packaging and... read more..

4 sentenced in 2013 robbery, murder of Ga. jeweler

The men received 30 years behind bars while a fifth man involved, who was the shooter, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.  Villa Rica, Ga.--Four men plead guilty this week to charges s... read more..

5 observations about the US jewelry market

The need for generic diamond marketing and the declining importance of November-December are just two of the points explored in a new report on the state of the U.S. jewelry market.New York--Edahn Gol... read more..

Mother’s Day jewelry spending to increase

Americans are expected to spend a total of $4.3 billion on jewelry for the day, up considerably from $3.6 billion last year.Washington, D.C.--Nearly 35 percent of shoppers are planning to splurge on j... read more..

Amazon relaunches B-to-B marketplace

The online retailer will close Amazon Supply next month and redirect customers to its new business-to-business wholesale site, Amazon Business.A screen shot of Amazon Business, the e-tailer’s retooled... read more..

Week in Photos--April 26, 2015

It was a busy week at home and abroad in the jewelry industry.It was a busy week at home and abroad in the jewelry industry.In New Orleans, jeweler Bill Farmer was honored with the American Gem Societ... read more..

Thumbs down for the Up System

Columnist Peter Smith explains why he thinks the Up System, which dictates that a store’s sales staff take turns approaching customers, is inane.One of my pet peeves in retail is the Up System. It is ... read more..

Bill Farmer receives the AGS’s Robert Shipley Award

The Lexington, Ky. jeweler was honored for his commitment to his community and the jewelry industry.Bill Farmer accepts the Robert M. Shipley Award at AGS Conclave 2015 in New Orleans, which concluded... read more..

Michael Meyers out as CEO of Fast-Fix

According to an email, Meyers and Jewelry Repair Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Fast-Fix, have “made a decision to part ways.”Delray Beach, Fla.--The CEO of Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs... read more..

From Vicenzaoro Dubai: Yoko London

Yoko London unveiled a number of new jewels at the show, including on-trend items like ear jackets and multi-finger rings and pieces where its pearls are set with black or rose gold.Yoko London’s new ... read more..

Sotheby’s will try to sell historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat fancy vivid stone is believed to have belonged to Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte.The Historic Pink Diamond “takes its place amongst fabled vivid pink gems” known in the ... read more..

From Vicenzaoro Dubai: Luca Carati

The Italian brand had a number of new collections on display as well as its popular Plie collection, which features versatile pieces that can change shape.This rose gold pendant is part of Luca Carati... read more..

Frederick Goldman gets social with bridal brands

The manufacturer is aiming to steer engagement ring and wedding band consumers to ArtCarved and Triton through story-led social media content.New York--Aiming to engage with and appeal to consumers sh... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Fun with Fringe

Fringe was one of the biggest fashion hits on the spring 2015 runways and now it has hit the jewelry world in a big way too.Fringe was one of the biggest fashion hits on the spring 2015 runways and no... read more..

Listening at Conclave

I’ll be honest: I don’t typically get too excited about featured speakers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard some great keynotes. But I’ve heard a lot of mediocre keynotes too. The great ones, the memora... read more..

From Vicenazoro Dubai: Thyreos Vassiliki

Giving equal consideration to both aesthetics and historic inspiration, designer Vassiliki Theodorakidi-Mamona creates appealing and intriguing pieces of gold jewelry that she says are art.This cuff f... read more..

From Vicenzaoro Dubai: Farah Khan

The Indian designer displayed her new “Le Jardin Exotique” collection in Dubai, showcasing vibrant colored gemstones in pieces inspired by nature.Farah Khan’s ring features a 27-carat Colombian emeral... read more..

What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories posted on NationalJeweler.com between March 29 and April 4, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from March 29 to ... read more..

Jewelry sales ‘weak’ for fifth consecutive month

February figures show that sales were down 0.2 percent year-over-year, with consumers favoring fashion jewelry over big-ticket items set with large gemstones.Glen Allen, Va.--The latest data from the ... read more..

Rocks On: Pink’s popularity boosts morganite

As interest in pink stones has picked up over the last decade, morganite demand and price have been lifted with it while supply struggles to keep pace.Morganite, a member of the beryl family, comes in... read more..

Brad Campbell named VP of sales at Sarine

 Campbell, who has worked with Morgan Jewelers and the Leading Jewelers Guild, has more than 35 years of executive-level experience in the diamond jewelry industry.New York--Brad Campbell has bee read more..

From Vicenzaoro Dubai: Annamaria Cammilli

At the newly launched Vicenzaoro Dubai show, which opened Thursday, Annamaria Cammilli was showing off a number of new collections involving gold textured pieces accented with diamonds.Dubai--Florence... read more..

Sales trainer shares 7 steps of proactive selling

 At a session held Thursday, gemologist Debbie Hiss gave AGS Conclave attendees the low-down on how to close a sale and keep customers coming back.New Orleans--Body language, word choice and taki read more..

David Yurman names new CEO

 Longtime board member Gabriella Forte will head the company, taking over for David Yurman, who has been serving as an interim CEO since February 2014.New York--Gabriella Forte, who is on the boa read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Jordan Alexander

Today’s shoppers, while appreciative of the pearls that have been used in jewelry created generations before them, are looking to designers to give them an updated, stylish look to go with contemporar... read more..

Botswana mine yields 342-carat diamond

The huge gem-quality piece of rough came out of Karowe, the same mine that yielded two 200-carat-plus pieces of rough last year.  Vancouver, B.C.--Lucara Diamond Corp. announced this week the dis... read more..

100-carat diamond sells for $22M at Sotheby’s

The sale of the internally flawless, D color Type IIa diamond marked several auction firsts but still fell slightly short of its highest pre-sale estimate of $25 million.Called the “ultimate emerald-c... read more..

6 display changes that will increase sales

Stocking bridal merchandise by style instead of vendor and looking like the store you want to become are two ways retailers can increase revenues, an author and consultant said in an education session... read more..
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